SMArt 155 is a German 155 mm artillery round, designed for a long range, indirect fire top attack role against armoured vehicles. The SMArt carrier shell contains two submunitions, which descend over the battlefield on ballutes and attack hardened targets with explosively formed penetrator warheads. Built with multiple redundant self-destruct mechanisms, these submunitions were specifically designed[dubious ] to fall outside the category of submunition weapons prohibited by the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions.
The name SMArt 155 is a contraction of its German name Suchzünder Munition für die Artillerie 155 (meaning "sensor-fuse munition for 155mm artillery"). SMArt is manufactured by GIWS mbh (Gesellschaft für Intelligente WirkSysteme mbH), a partnership between German armaments companies Rheinmetall and Diehl BGT Defence.
SMArt was first deployed by the Bundeswehr in 2000, and has been sold to the armies of Switzerland, Greece, Australia and the United Kingdom.
SMArt 155 is a 155 mm NATO artillery round designed to be fired from the Panzerhaubitze 2000 and the M109 howitzers, including the Paladin variant. It consists of a 47-kilogram (104 lb) heavy artillery projectile containing two autonomous, sensor-fused, fire-and-forget submunitions. The submunitions each contain a high-penetration EFP warhead for use against even heavy armoured armoured fighting vehicles like main battle tanks. The EFP warhead uses a heavy metal liner.
The sensor system relying on several types of sensors give SMArt 155 the ability to be used in every type of terrain independent of the weather conditions.
|1||A SMArt-155 round is fired from a standard rifled 155mm artillery tube.|
|2||The round flies on a ballistic arc, with a range of 27.5 kilometres (17.1 mi)|
|3||Mid-flight a timer fuse ignites a small ejector rocket in the nose, which drags the two submunitions out of the shell casing.|
|4||Once clear of the shell, the submunitions fall toward the target. The shell and the nose assembly fall away.|
|5||The submunitions deploy parachutes, and independently corkscrew down over the subject area, scanning for targets.|
|6||Once a submunition detects a target vehicle beneath it, it detonates its explosive payload. This creates a high-velocity explosively formed projectile which strikes the target vehicle from above, where the armour is weak, for maximum effect.|
US artillery largely deploys the M712 Copperhead laser-guided round for the anti-tank role. GIWS formed a partnership with US defence contractor Alliant Techsystems, hoping to sell SMArt 155 to the United States armed forces; to date no sale has been made. The US developed the similar M898 SADARM system (which also descended on a ballute to attack the top surfaces of armoured vehicles), but this was discontinued in favour of the GPS guided M982 Excalibur round.
- Australian Army – replaced M712 Copperhead
- British Army – known as BSFM, used with the AS-90
- German Army – known as DM702A1, used with the Panzerhaubitze 2000
- Hellenic Army – also used in combination with the Panzerhaubitze 2000
- Swiss Army
GIWS and its partners has also demonstrated SMArt to a number of other armies, including those of the United States, the United Arab Emirates (for use in their existing G6 howitzer), Peru, and India.
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